About the WES Gateway Program

The WES Gateway Program seeks to further the academic and career goals of qualified individuals who, because of adverse circumstances in their country of education, lack standard proof of academic achievement.

Through the Gateway Program, WES can reliably validate and assess the education of individuals displaced by political unrest, conflict, and natural disasters even when verifiable documents are not available. The WES Gateway Program provides eligible participants with a high-quality credential evaluation report that can be accepted and recognized by employers, higher education institutions, and regulatory bodies in Canada.

WES works with designated partners to identify clients who are eligible for its Gateway Program. Currently, the program is available only to individuals educated in Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, and Venezuela who meet program requirements.

For more information, read our frequently asked questions.

How to Apply

The WES Gateway Program is currently available to individuals who:

  • Possess at least one piece of credible evidence issued by their academic institution
  • Were educated in one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, and Venezuela
  • Are referred to WES by a designated Canadian partner organization

For a list of referral partners, see below.

Note: Whenever possible, WES recommends that applicants use its standard evaluation process. If you are able to submit standard country-specific required documents, please start your application here.

Referral Organizations

WES works with partner organizations across Canada to refer clients to the WES Gateway Program.  Our designated partners are listed below.

Note: If you cannot find an organization in your region, please contact us (select “WES Gateway Program” as the question category).

Referral partners for the WES Gateway Program include:

These referring organizations confirm applicants’ eligibility, submit documents for evaluation, and provide additional information and resources to support program participants in achieving their professional and academic goals in Canada. WES will update this list as we add more referral organizations across the country.